The Dangers Of Delayed Oil Changes

Wouldn’t it be nice if you never had to do any maintenance on your car? Unfortunately, the complex moving parts in your car do require regular attention. One of the most frequent maintenance requirements is an oil change. While you might be tempted to delay your oil changes, it will cause bigger problems down the road if you do.

Oil is essentially the blood of your vehicle’s engine. Its purpose is to keep everything running smoothly and prevent the buildup of dirt and other particles by carrying it out of the engine. Over time, the oil will begin to break down due to the collected dirt and high temperatures under the hood, which is called thermal breakdown. When this happens, the oil can thicken and turn into sludge.

The sludge blocks the flow of oil in the engine, and essential parts like the crankshafts, camshafts, and valves will begin to wear down because the oil usually keeps the moving parts from rubbing against each other. Without the necessary lubrication, your engine can suffer major damage and ultimately need a partial rebuild or total replacement.

If you skipped an oil change, you can go to any mechanic and have your engine tested to see if there’s any impending damages or repairs needed.

Changing your oil periodically is an inexpensive way to maintain your car for the long run. If you need an oil change or would like to diagnose your engine, contact us at James Ceranti Nissan and we’ll be glad to take care of you.

Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge | Greenville, MS

Proudly Serving Mississippi | Greenville, MS

The Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge was first established in 1936 and is the oldest national wildlife refuge in Mississippi. If you are looking for a great place to have some outdoor fun, Yazoo is a great place to go.

Hunting

The Yazoo refuge is known throughout the southeast as one of the best locations for hunting. Many hunters plan their hunting vacations here for white-tailed deer, racoon, squirrel, and rabbit. The deer muzzleloader and archery hunts are among the most popular hunting options.

Hiking

You can go hiking on any of the many paths through the refuge. Follow the quarter-mile boardwalk trail to the Holt Collier Boardwalk and Observation Tower for some spectacular views. Be aware that summertime temperatures can be extreme, so plan you visit early in the morning or later in the evening.

Wildlife Viewing

Yazoo is a great place to spend some time in nature and see native wildlife. A wide range of species live in the refuge including white-tailed deer, American alligators, and a variety of migratory bird species, especially ducks and geese.

Butterfly Garden

The butterfly garden is a newer addition to the refuge and gives visitors a great place to view caterpillars and butterflies. In the summertime, you can usually spot hummingbirds flying from flower to flower too.

The Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful place to enjoy nature and the great sport of hunting. We at James Ceranti Nissan hope you enjoy your time at Yazoo!

Vmotion 2.0 and Xmotion Concepts Show Nissan’s Vision of the Future

Vmotion & Xmotion Concepts | Greenville, MSAutomakers like Nissan are developing advanced electric vehicles and autonomous driving technologies that will rapidly transform the transportation industry. Nissan boldly designs vehicles that reach new heights of sophistication, including the Vmotion 2.0 and Xmotion Concepts. Although these particular vehicles may never hit a production line, they hint at Nissan’s vision of the future.

Vmotion 2.0 Concept

The Vmotion 2.0 Concept announces the future of the Nissan sedan. It features a sharp, aerodynamic exterior design and Nissan Intelligent Mobility™ technology, which includes the state-of-the-art ProPILOT autonomous driving system. This remarkable system can navigate city streets and highway traffic, displaying a lit-up grille and diffuser to indicate that the ProPILOT system is active.

Xmotion Concept

With compact SUVs and crossovers becoming ever more popular, the Xmotion predicts the future of this segment. The Xmotion is a three-row SUV that features a breathtaking, angular exterior design that looks like a piece of contemporary art. Just as the Vmotion 2.0 Concept received the EyesOn Design Award for Design Excellence in 2017, the Xmotion also won an EyesOn Design award in 2018. In addition, the Xmotion integrates cutting-edge driving assist features and offers a “Floating Koi” virtual assistant in the car.

Nissan’s vision of the future is bold, and its intelligent design choices such as virtual assistant integration and an external display to let other drivers know an autonomous driving vehicle is on the road, Nissan plans to be a part of the bright future it envisions.

Contact us at James Ceranti Nissan for more information.

Debut of the 2019 Nissan Maxima at Los Angeles Auto Show

The 2019 Nissan Maxima is getting a facelift and some exciting new features and technologies to match its sleek and sporty exterior. The new Maxima will debut at the very end of November at the prestigious Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Los Angeles Auto Show, an event attended by thousands where automakers show off the latest developments in their cars, will run for ten days starting on November 30.

This mid-cycle refresh adds serious style accents that make this full-size sedan even more eye-catching than before. Updated headlights and taillights improve visibility and boost sophistication, while the sloping hood and more angular grille give the Maxima a sharp, aggressive stance.

Of course, the Maxima’s looks aren’t its only plus. The Nissan Safety Shield 360 includes a host of driver assist features like automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection. It also has impressive performance stats at 300 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque!

The new Maxima will go on sale shortly after its debut at the LA Auto Show, so mark the date on your calendars! For more information about this vehicle, contact us at James Ceranti Nissan.

World’s Largest Electric Taxi Fleet Deal Goes to Nissan

Electric Taxi Fleet

The Nissan Leaf is already the world’s bestselling electric car and now it’s likely the most popular electric taxi. A popular pick for taxi companies in Europe due to its low-cost maintenance and high rate of return, the Leaf is eco-friendly as well. Now a deal between a Madrid-based taxi company and Nissan is about to break the record for the world’s largest electric taxi fleet.

La Ciudad del Taxi announced a deal with Nissan for a total of 110 Nissan Leafs for Spain’s capital. That puts Madrid as the leading provider of electric taxis thus far. Each Leaf is equipped with a 30 kWh battery that provides more than a 25% increase in range compared to the first-generation Leaf.

With the order, Madrid passes Amsterdam, which has 100 Leaf taxis, for the world’s largest electric taxi fleet. Budapest ranks third with a total of 65 Leaf taxis on the road. It doesn’t look like the Leaf’s taxi expansion will end with Madrid.

Taxi Hochelaga of Canada plans to put 2,000 electric taxis in Montreal within in the next three years. While there’s no confirmation of what model taxi will hit the streets, the Leaf is a likely pick due to its incredible popularity, affordability, and reliability.

We here at James Ceranti Nissan are happy to offer environmentally friendly vehicles at affordable prices!

How to Drive in the Rain

Drive in the Rain

Taking to the road in the rain can be dangerous to say the least. Over a million car accidents a year list wet pavement as a major contributing factor. That’s a huge number, but as it turns out, reducing the chance of an accident is quite simple. Here are a few tips on how to drive in the rain from us here at James Ceranti Nissan.

  1. Cruise Control – While cruise control is a great convenience technology for dry pavement, it’s quite the opposite on wet pavement. When cruise control is active, the driver can’t remove their foot from the accelerator to slow down immediately. To deactivate the system, the driver has to hit the brake. That can cause a loss of control on wet pavement.
  2. Leave Room – Keep twice the amount of distance you regularly would between cars. It takes longer to stop on wet pavement. Additionally, slowing down and watching your speed will help improve traction. As a result, you’ll have more control over the vehicle.
  3. Skids – Even the best drivers experience skidding and, fortunately, it’s easy to maneuver out of as long as you stay calm. First, steer in the direction you want to go. Second, don’t hit the brakes or you risk losing control of the vehicle altogether. Keep your eyes on the road and you should be good to go!

Mississippi Cotton and Agriculture Road Trip Destinations

American agriculture is a fascinating enterprise, making up a huge part of our economy and job market. The Mississippi cotton and agriculture industry is massive, and for those interested in it, the many conservation centers, farms, and research centers in the Washington County area are the perfect road trip destination this summer.

The Delta Conservation and Demonstration Center in Metcalfe, for example, teaches visitors about local conservation practices, see antique farming equipment, and even enjoy bird watching. The Jamie Whitten Delta State Research Center and the Stoneville Research Center both focus on developing technology to increase the efficiency of farming and offer tours of their facilities.

Catfish is a huge part of Mississippi agriculture, and you can tour Lauren Farms to see how these fish are raised. Little Bales of Cotton, a store in Stoneville, makes novelty items out of cotton. For a more complete look into the agriculture industry of the area, check out the Washington County Farm Tours.

The Washington County area is unique for its climate and major agricultural enterprises, making it a perfect vacation locale for the farming enthusiast or farming families. We hope to see you here soon!

Family Friendly Events in Greenville, Mississippi

Family Friendly Events in Greenville, Mississippi

If you’re going to be in West Mississippi with your kids this summer, there are tons of family friendly events in Greenville you won’t want to miss. From paintball to bowling to Kermit the Frog, Greenville has something everyone can enjoy.

Muppets creator Jim Henson was born here in Greenville, and the city has built a permanent exhibit in Henson’s honor, which also doubles as the Washington County Welcome Center. This is a perfect stop for young kids.

Older children who like animals and the outdoors have lots of options—there’s the Winterville Indian Mounds, Oliver Alpaca Farm, the Delta Paintball Park, and more. If your family’s into cars, on the other hand, visit the Black Bayou Motor Speedway and Greenville Speedway Racing and catch a few races.

Of course, there are plenty of everyday activities to do in Greenville—Riverbelle Lanes offers bowling and other family activities, and the Nelco Movie Theater and Diamond Jim’s Arcade both have great options for families.

Whether you’re a resident of Washington County or you’re just passing through, summer in Greenville is a great time for families, so drop in on some of our city’s many exciting events!

Nissan, NHTSA & IIHS Agree on Standard Automatic Emergency Braking by 2022

automatic emergency braking

In the future, a good part of what makes our cars safe will come from active driver-assistive technologies. As part of a pact between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and most automakers selling cars in the US market, one of these technologies will become standard by 2022—specifically, automatic emergency braking.

Nissan is part of the group of automakers that has agreed to make automatic emergency braking standard on all of its vehicles by 2022, but you won’t have to wait that long to benefit from the technology. Most of the vehicles in our lineup at James Ceranti Nissan are already equipped with many advanced safety features, which includes automatic emergency braking, stability and traction control, antilock brakes, and numerous other safety technologies.

In fact, it’s likely that Nissan will make it standard across most, if not all, of its vehicles long before 2022 comes around. Other auto brands will just have to catch up.

2016 Murano Named US News & World Report’s Best 2-Row SUV for Families

2016 Nissan Murano

The 2016 Nissan Murano has been named US News & World Report’s Best 2-Row SUV for Families. This is the second time the Murano received an award from the publication this year, after being named one of its “Best Cars for the Money” back in February.

US News & World Report looked at 256 new cars, SUVs, and minivans currently on sale to determine the best vehicles in each major segment. Safety and reliability ratings, seating and cargo volume, family-friendly feature availability, and professional automotive reviews were all taken into consideration during the ranking process.

“Though the 2016 Nissan Murano’s price qualifies it as an affordable mid-size SUV, reviewers say its cabin offers a near-luxury level of refinement,” the editors wrote. “The Murano, however, isn’t just a great value. It’s also our Best 2-Row SUV for Families because it has the leading combination of interior space, available family-friendly features, and safety and reliability ratings in its class.”

Experience the 2016 Nissan Murano in a test drive at James Ceranti Nissan!